How to Proof a Florida Permanent Resident for State Income Tax Purposes

By Carter McBride
Florida has some residency requirements when dealing with taxes.
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If you are living in a place, you may have a residency. It is important to distinguish between a residency and just a location you are occupying. This is important in Florida tax law because it helps determine if you owe any residency taxes to the state. These taxes include property taxes but are not limited to property tax. You need to look at aspects of your personal situation to determine your residency. Any one of them may qualify you. The more of them you have, the easier it is establish and prove Florida residency.

Make a formal declaration declaring your residency in Florida. This does not need to be anything complicated, a written statement will suffice. To further add to the evidence, you can have the document notarized. You can also make informal statements saying your residency is in Florida.

Take a job in Florida. Permanent employment helps establishes residency.

Leave your prior residency. For example, if you lived in New York, sell your house and buy a new house in Florida.

Register to vote in Florida. The requirements for voter registration eligibility in turn provide proof of residency when you register to vote.

Obtain a Florida driver's license or register your car in Florida. The requirements for these applications will also help establish residency.

File your federal income taxes using a valid Florida address. Claiming residence on a tax return establishes residency.

Complete as many of these steps as possible to show proof of your Florida residency status.